40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeeding

Hollywood parents are talking about breastfeeding, publicly sharing photos and even becoming advocates.

By Today's Parent
40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeeding

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Halsey chose the perfect time to share this sweet nursing shot: World Breastfeeding Week. "We arrived just in time" the singer captioned the photo, in which tiny two-week-old Ender is dining al fresco, and included the #worldbreastfeedingweek hashtag. The 26-year-old looks happy and comfortable nursing in the great outdoors, and Ender's little puppy pants are definitely tugging at our ovaries. Halsey, who uses the pronouns they/she, welcomed their little one on July 14, sharing a delivery room photo with the caption, "Gratitude. For the most “rare” and euphoric birth. Powered by love." 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @iamhalsey via Instagram

Mandy Moore

New mom Mandy Moore loves to hike, but when you have a baby there are things you gotta do—like pump. Luckily, she didn't let that stop her when she and some friends decided to climb to the summit of Mount Baker in Washington State. In fact, she simply pumped during the journey to the top! The celeb mom recently shared pictures of her pumping on the hike and at the summit on her Instagram stories, which is honestly pretty bad*ss. Climbing a mountain already takes a lot of effort but to carry your pump along with all your other supplies? That's the super strength that comes with motherhood right there. 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @madymooremm via Instagram Stories


Shay Mitchell

The 32-year-old actor and new mom looks so glamorous in this shot of her breastfeeding her daughter, Atlas Noa, that she posted on her Instagram in December 2019. She captioned the photo with a simple pun, "Breast friends," and we absolutely love it. This comes after she posted a super real look at her 33-hour labour back in October. You go Shay!

Shay mitchell breastfeeding her baby while glammed upPhoto: @shaymitchell via Instagram

Alanis Morissette

The Grammy award-winning singer looks so happy in this sweet photo of her family that she posted on her Instagram. In it, we see Alanis breastfeeding her newborn son, Winter, surrounded by her husband Mario Treadway, their two older kids Ever and Onyx and a whole lot of pillows and blankets. It looks SO DANG COZY. Alanis has been quite open about her experience with postpartum depression in the past so its wonderful to see her so happy in this rare snap of her entire family.

Alanis and her family chilling in bed while she breastfeedsPhoto: @alanis via Instagram

Ashley Graham

Ashley has always been a huge advocate for body positivity and female empowerment and shared plenty of raw and unfiltered photos of her body as it changed during and after pregnancy. We’re so happy to see that she’s continued to normalize the breastfeeding journey, with its many ups and downs. In July, she posted this cute photo on Insta with the caption “after pool chilaxin.” Tight grip there, Isaac!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @ashelygraham via Instagram


Eva Longoria

One-year-old Santiago’s famous mom left a serious impression on her colleagues when she breastfed her baby boy while directing the series Grand Hotel. “She was directing, and acting, and producing while she was breastfeeding, and seeing all that was such an inspirational thing to me,” the show’s star, Roselyn Sanchez, told People. Eva shared her gratitude for the support she received on set alongside a photo of her in action: “This is a pic of me directing while breastfeeding Santi during the filming. Women multi task everyday and I was so lucky to have such an amazing crew and cast that supported both my new motherhood and career goals! Can’t wait for all of you to see our work on Monday on ABC! Link in bio! #GrandHotel.” Go mama!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @evalongoria via Instagram

Jessica Simpson

Jessica shared this picture on her Instagram a few months after the birth of her third child, Birdie Mae. Showing her freezer drawers full of pumped baby milk, she captioned the photo saying: “I’m starting to think we should add breast milk to the Jessica Simpson Collection 🤣.” Loving that liquid gold!

freezer drawer full of pumped breast milkPhoto: @jessicasimpson via Instagram

Amy Schumer

Amy has been fairly candid about her pregnancy struggles on her Instagram (she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum a.k.a. extreme morning sickness), so it’s no surprise that post-baby, she’s just as open as she was before. In this Instagram photo of her pumping milk for her son, Gene, she does NOT look pleased. But hey, at least the vomiting has stopped, right?

Amy Schumer using a pumping braPhoto: @amyschumer via Instagram


Hilary Duff

One big part of breastfeeding that people don’t usually talk about is stopping. In a recent Instagram post, Hilary Duff spoke about how she dealt with the difficult choice to start weaning her daughter, Banks, after six months. “I was sad and frustrated and feeling like a failure all of the time. When really I’m a bad ass rock star,” the 31-year-old actor wrote in her caption. “I am happy to say that I haven’t fed or pumped in three days and it’s crazy how fast you can come out on the other side. I feel fine and happy and relieved and silly that I even stressed on it so hard. Banks is thriving and I get even more time with her and daddy gets to do more feeds! And mommy gets a tiny bit more sleep!”

Hilary Duff breastfeeding her daughter BanksPhoto: @hilaryduff via Instagram

Gemma Whelan

Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy on Game of Thrones, is being praised by moms online for breastfeeding on set. The actress, who welcomed her daughter in 2017, shared the photo on Instagram and wrote in the comments that the photo was snapped after filming one of her first scenes of Season 8.

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeeding

Amanda Seyfried

This photo of the actress nursing her daughter, Nina, while exchanging a loving look with her sister, is just too sweet. Amanda shared it on Instagram with the caption, “#tbt with my sister on my favorite day,” which we’re guessing is the day her baby girl was born. Is somebody cutting onions in here?

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @mingey via Instagram


Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed’s daughter, Bodhi, is 20-months old and still breastfeeding. Yep, in a post on her Instagram, the actor wrote about how she doesn’t know when she’ll be done breastfeeding her almost-toddler. “I follow her lead, and she tells me exactly what she needs,” Nikki wrote. Apparently, Bodhi didn’t show any interest in eating mushy baby food, so Nikki was advised to skip it altogether and go straight to small bites of solid finger food—and it apparently seems to be working. “Right now thats where were at, still breastfeeding and skipping right to finger foods,” she wrote. “Also, in case you need to hear it again because I definitely did, whatever you’re doing you are doing it right!” Right on!

Mom sitting on a bed breastfeeding her 20 month old babyPhoto: @nikkireed via Instagram

Kate Hudson

Look at Kate looking super cozy and casual with her daughter Rani. She posted this adorable pic on Instagram with the caption “When you’re workin but babies gotta eat.” Keep up the good work, mama!

Kate Hudson breastfeeding her daughterPhoto: @katehudson via Instagram

Kat von D

We’re sun-dazed by this cute Instagram video of Kat Von D and her baby enjoying some nice natural light (which Kat calls “vitamin Double D,” love it!) posted in early January 2019. In her caption, Kat says she tries to go outside with baby Leafer at least once a day because his “heightened sense of alertness, smell and touch make going outside such a treat for him [and].” Adorable!   

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @thekatvond via Instagram


Rachel McAdams

This photo, which was taken while during a covershoot for Girls. Girls. Girls. Magazine back when Rachel was six months postpartum, is hands down the coolest pumping shot we’ve ever seen. According to Claire Rothstein, the magazine’s founder and the photographer for the shoot, Rachel was pumping and expressing milk between shots, and one of them had the idea to take this photo—and we’re so glad they did. Not only is it a gorgeous photo on its own, it’s also an amazing representation of working moms getting the job done. You go, mama!

Rachel McAdams pumping in a high fashion photo shootPhoto: @clairerothstein via Instagram

Chrissy Teigen

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Chrissy Teigen more she does this! John Legend shared this photo on June 18 writing, “I know it’s Father’s Day and all but my wife is pretty awesome. She’s taking me to dinner but still on mommy duty.” Of course the haters couldn’t help themselves and commented that the photo is “disgusting,” “indecent,” and “inappropriate.” We think there is nothing disgusting about feeding your child and say go Chrissy! 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: John Legend via Instagram

Candice Swanepoel

The 28-year-old Victoria’s Secret model slammed haters who shamed her for breastfeeding her two-month-old son, Anacã, in public. “Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv…why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it’s natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. 💪🏼💙 👫👭 #mothernature” We’re totally with you, Candice! 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @angelcandices via Instagram


Blac Chyna

Angela White, better known as “Blac Chyna,” shared this photo shortly after her baby girl, Dream (dad is Rob Kardashian), was born. The newborn already has her own Instagram account with 874K followers, and this photo was posted on her behalf, captioned, “Morning 🐣 it’s bonding time with mommy!” How sweet. 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @dream via Instagram

Emily Ratajkowski

The model has taken to Instagram to post several photos of her breastfeeding baby Sylvester Apollo. In fact, the first photo she ever shared with her son was of him feeding! Her most recent post includes the caption, “If it seems like I’m always breastfeeding it’s because I am.” Ain’t that the truth!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @emrata via Instagram

Alanis Morissette

Look at this multitasking mama! Although she’s a Canadian, she has been an American citizen since 2005, giving her the right to vote for her new President. But hey, sometimes new moms can’t easily just leave the house when they have a baby who eats ’round the clock. The 42-year-old singer posted this photo on Instagram to encourage people to vote, even if they’re busy, while breastfeeding her four-month-old daughter, Onyx. She hashtagged it “#evenwhenyoucantleavethehouse“. You go, girl!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @alanis via Instagram


Olivia Wilde

New mom (again) to her daughter, Daisy, has not been shy about sharing beautifully intimate photos on Instagram of her and her kids. Daisy Josephine Sudeikis was born only two weeks ago on October 11 ‘like a boss’ on International Day of the Girl, and Wilde’s already uploaded two adorable photos of her, this one being the third. She recently posted this beautiful picture of breastfeeding her baby girl with the caption “My drinking buddy. #neverunderestimatethepowerofawoman” – her top says it all. You go, girl!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @oliviawilde via Instagram

Liv Tyler

Just two weeks after giving birth, Liv Tyler shared this beautiful photo of her breastfeeding her new baby girl, Lula. She captioned the moment “Sunday morning snuggles with my baby girl. So grateful for this precious gift,” and it was so nice to see that a lot of the comments were lovely and supportive.

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @misslivalittle via Instagram

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano frequently shares snaps of her breastfeeding her kids, Milo and Elizabella—she even breastfed live on Periscope. And she fights for women’s right to breastfeed in public. When TV host Wendy Williams said she didn’t like public breastfeeding, Alyssa threatened to “whip ’em out” live on TV. And she tweeted her anger when Heathrow Airport confiscated her pumped milk and dumped it out.

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Alyssa Milano via Instagram


Kristen Bell

When actress Kristen Bell hosted the CMT awards in 2013, she shared a behind-the-scenes look at her beauty routine. Yep, the mom was pumping. When people criticized her, she had the perfect response. “They’re just boobs!” she says. “Calm down. They’re under our shirt whether you’re looking at them or not.”

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Kristen Bell via Twitter

Jenna Dewan

The actress got candid on Instagram about how challenging breastfeeding was with her second baby. “From latching issues, to my son loving one side vs. another, making more milk, when to pump... EVERYTHING was different.” This is a good reminder that no two babies are the same when it comes to breastfeeding and that is totally okay.

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: @jennadewan via Instagram


Pink shared this snap of “lunchtime” during her album cover shoot. The singer says she makes a point of breastfeeding daugther Willow in public. “I think breastfeeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby so I can give a shit what somebody else thinks.”

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Pink via Twitter


Julie Bowen

On Lopez TonightModern Family star Julie Bowen said The View refused to show a photo of her breastfeeding her twins, Johnny and Gus, in the double football hold. “I hope you’re brave enough to show it,” she dared host George Lopez. And he was! Check out the photo and video of her talking about nursing twins.

“It’s like two little liposuction machines on you,” she tells George. “They suck the fat out of you. They call it the ‘double football hold.’ You hold one here, and here, like two footballs. They’re doing God’s work right there, helping me return to my [pre-pregnancy] weight.”

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Julie Bowen

Olivia Wilde

When this picture of Olivia Wilde breastfeeding son Otis was published in Glamour, people were quite upset and said the actress was glamourizing breastfeeding. “I am a working mother,” Olivia said of her decision to breastfeed during the shoot. “Shooting a cover shoot for a magazine is work, and during that day my son had to eat, and so I had to feed him. I thought, if you’re taking a portrait of me, this is part of me.”

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Glamour

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani has been making celebrity-news headlines for posting this gorgeous photo of herself breastfeeding her third child, Apollo, in Switzerland. Not to overanalyze—although Gwen is an artiste: Perhaps she went barefoot in the photo to symbolize breastfeeding as a natural act?

Gwen’s been vocal about breastfeeding in the past, as well—even sharing how her son Zuma weaned himself.“I didn’t want him to (quit), it felt like a total rejection,” she told USA Today. “It was really hormonal, and trying to stop in the middle of the tour was insane.”

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Gwen Stefani via Instagram


Miranda Kerr

[This] photo was one of the first photos Orlando [Bloom] took,” Miranda shared on her KORA Organics website, shortly after son Flynn was born. “We both loved it and we wanted to share it. The pleasant surprise was that it also had the added benefit of promoting breastfeeding which to me is the most natural thing in the world and I love it.”

“I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can,” she continues. “My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development and to all mums out there I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby.”

Miranda also posted this breastfeeding photo on Twitter, and captioned it, “Another day in the office.”

Read more: Beauty tips and tricks from celebrity moms>

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Miranda Kerr via Twitpic

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker had a very good reason for missing the Golden Globes. She was at home with her little guy Hank. She captioned this pic “#notgoldenglobes #mykidsuckinonagoldenglobetho.”

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Brooklyn Decker via Instagram

Jaime King

“#JamesKnight is now 8 months old!” actress/model Jaime King recently shared on Instagram. “These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo—and bottle feeding should not be judged—it’s ALL fun for the whole family:).” Well said!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Jaime King via Instagram


Gisele Bundchen

“What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready,” Gisele writes along with this Instagram photo of herself breastfeeding baby Vivian.

The Brazilian supermodel is a big-time breastfeeding advocate. She caused quite a stir in 2010 when she suggested, in Harper’s Bazaar UK, that there should be a “worldwide law” requiring moms to breastfeed their babies for at least six months.

Read more: Gisele Bundchen: Makeup and breastfeeding photo>

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Gisele Bundchen via Instagram

Angelina Jolie

“It’s very hard,” Angelina Jolie told Britain’s GMTV morning show of nursing twins Vivienne and Knox (who were four months old at the time). “I stopped at three months. [It] about as much as I could do.”

“There’s this football hold,” she added. “It’s a lot harder than it looks in the books. I did that a few times. I would take turns. It just takes a long time.”

Husband Brad Pitt took this photo of Angie breastfeeding one of the twins for the cover of W Magazine. 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: W Magazine

Blake Lively

Blake Lively doesn’t frequently talk about daughter James, but she did share this pic of her little girl breastfeeding (though you can’t see little James at all). Blake captioned the photo “The PERKS of breastfeeding.” 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Blake Lively via Instagram


Alanis Morissette

Alanis was on tour in Europe and shared this picture of her son Ever nursing. The singer has said she will breastfeed her son for as long as he wants. 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Alanis Morissette via Instagram

Molly Biggs

OK, so Jason Biggs’ wife isn’t a celebrity, but this photo is too awesome not to share. Jason shared this snap of Molly breastfeeding baby Sid while in the backseat of the car. What mom hasn’t had to attempt to lean over the car seat to feed her babe because he’s hungry and you just can’t pull over to feed him. 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Molly Biggs via Twitter

Padma Lakshmi

The TV host shared this awesome photo with the caption “A shout out to working Moms everywhere.” 

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Padma Lakshmi via Instagram


Bruce Willis

Who knew Bruce Willis would be the latest breastfeeding advocate? The 59-year-old dad of five snapped this sweet pic of his wife, Emma Heming-Willis, nursing their new baby, Evelyn.

“Breakfast of Champions,” Emma captions the photo, adding, “Photo cred: B. Willis.”

Bruce and Emma have been getting major kudos for supporting breastfeeding with this photo and various tweets; Emma’s Twitter feed is filled with retweets of thanks from fellow moms and advocates.

“Nothing like answering the door and realizing your boob is hanging out after the fact,” Emma tweeted on May 17, hashtagging it, “#breastfeedingmom.” Ohhh, I remember those days!

40 celebrities who are helping normalize breastfeedingPhoto: Bruce Willis via Emma's Instagram


We love Pink because she always keeps it real. Here she is breast pumping while getting ready. 

Pink stands in mirror taking selfie, wide-eyed wearing a breast pumping bra.Photo: Courtesy of Pink via Instagram


This article was originally published on Jul 22, 2021

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